Farmer’s son tops Criminology board exam, recalls how family couldn’t afford slippers, baon for school

  • The November 2019 Criminology Board Exam topnotcher recalled how difficult their life was growing up
  • Born to a family of farmers’, Fahadale Abbas didn’t let poverty get in the way of his dreams
  • He said his parents’ support made a huge difference in his mindset while he was working hard for his goal

The November 2019 Criminology Board Exam topnotcher shared his inspiring story of working hard to achieve his goal of becoming a policeman.

Image by Fahadale Abbas

Fahadale Abbas recalled how his life growing up was not as fortunate as others. Born to a family of farmers’, Abbas shared how his parents worked hard to make ends meet. He further shared that life was so tough that his parents could not afford to buy him slippers so he had to walk a kilometer barefoot going to school. Food was also hard to find as there were times he didn’t have any “baon”. And on more difficult days, the family only ate twice a day.

“During elementary years, I experienced going to school without allowance, slippers, and without food,” Abbas recalled.

But with his determination to achieve his goal, Abbas applied for and passed the Scholarship on Tertiary Education Program (STEP) of the Davao City government. He went on to pursue his studies at the St. John Paul II College of Davao.

He didn’t waste the opportunity given to him as Abbas focused and studied hard. He said, “Before I graduated, I just continuously read and study from morning to evening.”

Image by Fahadale Abbas

Abbas’ hard work paid off as he not only passed but rather, he aced the November 2019 Criminology Board Exam. He earned a rating of 91.20 percent rating and ranked first out of more than 19,000 who also passed.

Even though Abbas was a scholar, he credited his parents for his success. He said his parents supported him in every way they could and it made a huge difference in his mindset. Abbas shared, “I know my parents went through a tough time just to send us to school. I am very grateful because despite all the trials they made sure that we get the education we deserve. I hope all parents, families in this world will be supportive of their children, it will really make a difference.”

Image by Fahadale Abbas
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Sunstar, ABS-CBN